Puerto Rico is not just about piña coladas! Over the last ten years Puerto Rico has become the culinary capitol of the Caribbean. Go through the road less traveled, go were you can’t see tourists. There, you will find those authentic flavors that will have you fall in love with puerto rican cuisine.
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Top places for a Foodie visiting Puerto Rico
Old San Juan
In this city you are supposed to walk, don’t drive. Walking aroundel Morro and the cobblestone streets will open up your appetite. Then you will run into hidden places and local chefs. There are plenty of family-owned restaurants where you can try everything authentically puerto rican like café con leche, yucca mofongo, fish tacos and delicious tres leches. You can end the day with a mariscos and rum. If you want to be guided by specialized foodie tours, make sure to book your Old San Juan Walk and Taste Tour.
Condado is also perfect for walking. There are plenty of restaurants along the streets and inside the luxurious hotels and resorts, a foodie paradise. La Placita is a short walk from Condado. You will be taken a back by its artistic and colorful murals along the way. The Placita is like a town square, it features live music, tons of bars and restaurants and lots of locals to mingle with. There are amazing dishes to try all around like carne frita (pork) and cangrejo (crab) and desserts like tembleque ginge-lime and guava ice creams.
If you venture out of San Juan, on the expressway, southeast you can find the pork highway to Guavate in Cayey. It’s about 45 mins from San Juan and you will encounter a whole new world, full of lechonera stands. After 3pm music starts and the stands fill up with crowds. Here you may sample lechón (whole hog), chicken, pasteles (similar to tamales filled with pork), tostones (plantain fritters), morcilla (blood sausage) and rice and beans. There are not many choices for vegans out there so beware.
Outside of El Conquistador resort lies an abandoned gas station owned by Chef Kevin Roth called La Estacion. It’s a casual, classy, freidnly bar and restaurant and they cook a lot of puerto rican native dishes. Always full of a variety of people including tourists, locals and even dignitaries, they seek Kevin’s unique take on Carribean cuisine. Here you can taste Mofongo filled with Mahi-Mahi, skirt seak and whole fried fish. After your are filled up at La Estacion, you may want to check out the nearby bioluminscent bay, one of the few in the whole world. There are plenty of kayak adventure companies sure to accomodate you and your whole tummy, he he.